Fabulous kitchens are popping up all over television, social media, and the Internet as must-have elements for an Instagram-worthy home. Nonetheless, most homes have an outdated kitchen, with tile countertops and insufficient lighting. A new kitchen is in order. Renovating a kitchen can be an overwhelming prospect, and it’s not always clear where to begin. A kitchen unit is an ideal solution if you don’t feel like making tons of decisions. It will save you time and, most importantly, money with your overall kitchen fit. Plus, it helps alleviate costly mistakes.
Any big purchase can be challenging, let alone a kitchen. No matter the supplier, it’s best to take some time preparing before you make a move. Leave nothing to chance. Have you considered these aspects?
Plan And Assess Your Needs
The kitchen supplier/designer will help you at every stage of the process. Still, there are some aspects that only you are aware of. We’re talking about the characteristics of your circumstances, which should be incorporated into the kitchen planning process. How do you plan to use your kitchen space? Every person has different lifestyle needs. The kitchen of a single person will look entirely different from that of a family, who eats their evening meals together. If you have young kids, pets, or family members with special needs, let the supplier/designer know.
Kitchen cabinets are generally sixty centimetres deep and have widths that are multiples of ten or fifteen centimetres. On the flip side, drawer units are made available in different widths. Pantry cupboards tend to be thirty centimetres wide and appliance units sixty centimetres wide. When choosing a kitchen unit, take measurements. Order the kitchen unit in the right dimension. The shape and design of the kitchen depend on the size of the room. If you have a small kitchen, for instance, it’s recommended to opt for an L-shaped layout. You can maximise space while creating a stylish look.
Figure Out What Style You Like
Just as there is a wide variety in clothing and furniture styles, there are many types of kitchen styles. There are six basic types of kitchen styles, as follows:
- Island. A kitchen island is basically a countertop made of standard materials such as tile, stainless steel, wood, or stone. It accommodates all functionalities in a sophisticated manner. The kitchen island can have stools around it (for extra seating) and include storage drawers and cabinets.
- Parallel. The classic kitchen layout with a narrow space features two walks with a passageway between them. Light flows through a door or window. Working and cooking is a real pleasure.
- Straight. A straight kitchen is minimalistic in design. It’s also called a one-wall kitchen. Essentials like the sink, hob, and refrigerator are lined up one after the other. It’s not recommended to place the range close to the fridge.
- L-shape. An L-shape kitchen has two main sides. Whether long or short, they meet at the right angle. It’s a very flexible design that can be adapted to many sizes and styles of kitchen. The L-shape kitchen reduces the walking time between kitchen stations.
- U-shape. As the name suggests, the design and configuration consist of a three-walled U shape. The kitchen features built-in cabinetry, countertops, and appliances on three sides. A fourth side is generally left open.
- Open. There are no walls and barriers, so the space is visible to all. The kitchen is integrated with adjacent rooms (living room, dining room, etc.). An open kitchen promotes sociability.
- Galley. A galley kitchen is a good option for a small home. The kitchen is tucked away and not used as a social space. It typically has two workstations that face one another: one walk accommodating cooking appliances and one accommodating prepping/cleaning fixtures.
If you’re struggling to pick a direction for your kitchen design, think about whether you want to live in the home indefinitely or you’re renovating the property to sell. The layout should be functional but allow you to make the most of the space while keeping aesthetics in mind.
Decide Between a Ready-Made and A Custom-Made Kitchen Unit
An all-in-one kitchen is convenient and, in some cases, affordable. The design can be adjusted to suit any space, but measurements are crucial. There are various sizes, colours, and styles to choose from. On the other hand, a custom-made kitchen is designed to suit and fit the space you have to work with. A bespoke kitchen unit has features that are unique to you. Put simply, it shows off your personality and preferences. The premium materials in the kitchen unit can increase your property’s value. Obviously, the price is higher. You might have significant trouble staying on top of budget while getting work done on your home. A ready-made kitchen is much more affordable.
Keep Disruption to A Minimum
Dust, noise, and perturbation. That’s what you’ll be dealing with as your old kitchen is removed to make room for the new one. If you’re working from home, it will be difficult to work around the disruption. Be prepared to deal with the unexpected. It can be hard to keep disruption to a minimum. The little things drag on for longer than expected. The experience doesn’t have to be an unpleasant one. Keep in mind that your team is experienced in supporting clients through the process, so you know what to expect at each stage. If you have a spare room you can use, turn it into a temporary kitchen. It will be necessary to shuffle a few things around. Find a space that can accommodate the needs of your family. Although it might seem impossible, the kitchen can be easily moved to another room of the home. You’ll be at an advantage if your cooker runs only on electricity. Make sure there’s enough room for the fridge and freezer. If you find this too complicated, move out. When the project begins, decide if you want to stay in the home or move out for a while.